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  1. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Tighten, not ease, governance rules to promote Hong Kong's market

    Posted Dec 10th 2013, 02:51am by Tom Holland

    ... have allowed holders of 10 per cent of the company's stock to stuff the board with their own directors failed to meet the Hong Kong stock exchange's governance standards. Inevitably, the decision prompted a chorus of complaints. By insisting on such onerous standards, the city was deterring listings from high-profile companies, grumbled local financiers. If Hong Kong is to compete ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1377027/tighten-not-ease-governance-rules-promote-hong-kongs-market
  2. New report ensures blackout row will continue to smoulder

    Posted May 05th 2009, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... with Tom Holland Hong Kong's row over company directors' share dealings rumbles on. Despite several attempts to settle the matter, the argument just won't lie down and die. ... the listing committee of the stock exchange proposed extending the blackout period in which directors are forbidden from dealing in their company's shares from one month before earnings ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/679191/new-report-ensures-blackout-row-will-continue-smoulder
  3. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Alibaba's plan to stuff board hardly in investors' interests

    Posted Aug 28th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Alibaba's management team, which collectively owns 10 per cent of the company's shares, wants to retain the exclusive right to nominate the majority of the directors. This, they say, will allow ... transactions. This is hardly the first time a company's bosses have attempted to stuff their board with compliant directors, despite controlling only a relatively small shareholding. For example, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1299936/alibabas-plan-stuff-board-hardly-investors-interests
  4. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    A 15-hour work week sounds great, but we'd still want more

    Posted Sep 23rd 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... to the managing director of one British company, who blamed the proliferation of unproductive jobs on the ballooning influence of the state, which in Britain at least appears to be doing its best to stifle enterprise with red tape, tying up small companies with new regulations at the rate of dozens a month. I am especially grateful, however, to the good folk at publishing house Penguin ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1315443/15-hour-work-week-sounds-great-wed-still-want-more
  5. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Shareholders must have right to hold managers to account

    Posted Oct 28th 2013, 04:32am by Tom Holland

    ... to illustrate what he said were some common mistakes journalists made when covering corporate finance and accounting reports. The report concerned a Hong Kong-listed company named Boto, which had ... million of his shareholders' money in a computer animation company founded by his 24-year-old son. The accountant explained in detail why he thought the report had misrepresented what he ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1341364/shareholders-must-have-right-hold-managers-account
  6. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Alibaba's loss won't damage the Hong Kong stock market

    Posted Sep 26th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... damage the Hong Kong stock market Mainland internet retail giant Alibaba has now joined Manchester United Football Club on the list of companies that approached the Hong Kong Stock Exchange ... investment bankers, capital market lawyers and accountants will mourn Alibaba's departure. With the company planning to sell shares worth as much as HK$100 billion- outweighing all Hong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1317804/alibabas-loss-wont-damage-hong-kong-stock-market
  7. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    China Inc's balance sheet is flashing danger signals

    Posted Sep 20th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... finances relatively sound, it is corporate balance sheets that we should be looking at. Specifically, says Gillem Tulloch, managing director of Hong Kong-based independent research outfit Forensic ... is the ratio of operating cash flow to debt. Operating cash flow he describes as "true profit": the money a company earns from its business before splashing out on capital expenditure. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1313353/china-incs-balance-sheet-flashing-danger-signals
  8. Fair governance not good enough even when it's the best

    Posted Sep 19th 2006, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Sometimes, being the best is not good enough. Hong Kong's regulators and company directors might want to keep that in mind when they consider the results of a new survey ... about how good companies in different Asian markets are at processing proxy votes. International institutions typically own 20 per cent to 30 per cent of the shares listed on Asian markets ...

    http://www.scmp.com/node/564514
  9. The gaping hole in HK's blanket deposit guarantee

    Posted Nov 13th 2008, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... lines. In some cases, banks have demanded that company directors place their personal bank accounts as security. What- at least in some cases- the banks have not told them, however, ... currency deposits held in the territory both by individuals and companies, the terms of the deposit protection board specifically exclude something called 'secured deposits' from ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/659883/gaping-hole-hks-blanket-deposit-guarantee
  10. Signs we have got better at cleaning up after bubbles

    Posted Nov 04th 2008, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... description'. Then, as now, out-of-pocket investors sought scapegoats, with one peer calling in the House of Lords for the directors of the South Sea Company to be sewn into sacks and thrown ... should be stitched up and chucked in the harbour. Eventually, the directors of the South Sea Company were taken into custody and the company's books seized, revealing a web of fraud, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/658827/signs-we-have-got-better-cleaning-after-bubbles

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